The story was Jose Iglesias. Then it was Luis Castillo. Then it was a defensive mistake. Then Jose Peraza stole the spotlight.
Finally, a Cincinnati Reds newcomer — not the more famous Yasiel Puig or Matt Kemp — seized the headlines. Derek Dietrich’s three-run home run in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and carried the Reds to a 5-3 victory Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day.
Dietrich, one of the two non-roster invitees to make the roster, had 60 home runs in six seasons with the Miami Marlins. The Reds signed him to a minor-league contract in February.
The Reds led 1-0 until the sixth. Luis Castillo dominated in his first Opening Day start, striking out eight and allowing two hits in 5 2/3 innings, but he left the game after throwing 91 pitches.
Jared Hughes took over as the first reliever of the season with Josh Bell on first base in the sixth. He gave up a single to Francisco Cervelli and then a single to Jung Ho Kang.
On the single by Kang, Bell scored, and when the throw from the outfield went to second base, Cervilli scored to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
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Iglesias, whose walk-up song was the popular children’s song “Baby Shark,” delivered in his first at-bat with the Reds. His double in the second scored Jose Peraza to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Peraza tied the game with a solo home run in the seventh.
The Pirates left the bases loaded in the ninth.
NOTES: Joey Votto recorded the first hit of the season for the Reds. He doubled in the first inning. .. Yasiel Puig, who started in right field and hit third in his first game with the Reds, struck out in his first at-bat after the double by Votto. The Reds honored broadcaster Marty Brennaman, who was calling his last Opening Day, with a video tribute in the second inning, and Brennaman leaned out of the 700 WLW booth in the press box to wave to the crowd. … The attendance was 44,049, the largest regular-season crowd in Great American Ball Park history.
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